The benefits of colouring Mandalas
Mandala is the Sanskrit word for 'circle or wheel'. Circular designs have been used throughout the ages in religious ceremonies, to decorate spiritual buildings, protect homes and for meditation.
The circle represents so many things that are familiar to us. The Earth we live on, the eyes we look into, the Moon, Sun... Circles and cycles, a forward movement that takes us round and round. The seasons, our days and nights, our menstrual cycles, life and death.
If you drop a pebble into a lake, the rings, ever increasing ripple outwards. The orbits of our planets, flowers, tree rings, crop circles, wheels... you can see mandalas everywhere.
The practice of colouring a mandala, or doing a mandala meditation, is a way to promote good health, and aid relaxation. By focusing on a mandala, and colouring, you allow your brain to calm. The swirling thoughts and stress, is quietened with a need to do no more than fill a space with colour. During the ups and downs of life, there are times when you just don't know what to do with yourself. Making decisions becomes impossible along with taking in information.
By taking an hour or so, maybe in the evening before bed, while there is rubbish on telly, or in the afternoon when the kids are at school, you can help to give your tired and overworked brain a rest. The only thing there is to worry about, is what colour you will use.
If you want to make the experience even more centering and calming, turn off the TV, and work to some of your favourite music, or silence, listening to the sounds outside. Light a candle, place a crystal on the table, or light some incense. Sit with your chosen mandala. You will find free downloads in a google search, ready to print off and colour. Look at your colours. Whether they are pencils, oil pastels, paint (remember that paint on printer paper isn't always the best combo), just choose a colour. Whatever you are most drawn to. Pick a part of the design to start with and colour!
The next colour will come, and the next and before you know it, you're on your way to finishing your mandala. No need to think, no need to make big decisions.
The benefits in colouring mandalas are quite amazing. Finding the centre, journeying within, allowing yourself to be calm, are all ways to aid relaxation and de-stress.
The benefits of meditation have been documented and include:
slower breathing and heart rate
increase in blood flow
brings blood pressure back to normal
reduces anxiety levels
decreases tension in the muscles
increases serotonin production
helps in dealing with chronic illness
enhances immune system
reduces emotional distress